Highway Patrol Urges Drivers to be Careful During Farm Season

Spring is here and temperatures appear to be warming. That means farmers throughout Missouri will be busy planting crops and moving livestock. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to expect heavier farm machinery traffic–especially on two-lane highways in rural parts of the state. Please obey all traffic laws and remain vigilant. Most importantly, everyone is encouraged to share the road. Farmers and motorists alike should be safe, courteous drivers. There were 171 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2017. In those crashes, five people were killed and 40 were injured. Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity.  The highway patrol urges drivers to Stay alert for slow moving farm equipment. When you come up behind a tractor or other farm machinery, please slow down and be patient. Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic. Pay close attention to farm equipment entering and leaving the highway from side roads and driveways. Special attention must be paid when traveling at dawn or dusk when the sun makes it difficult for drivers to see. The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.



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